Tenure of Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir extended

Hearing of al-Azizia reference against Sharif family adjourned

ISLAMABAD: The tenure of Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir has been extended for another three years, said a notification issued in Thursday.
According to the notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice, Judge Muhammad Bashir of the Accountability Court has been granted another extension of three years.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan took notice of the federal government’s failure for not extending Judge Muhammad Bashir’s tenure despite Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) summary seeking the extension.
The apex court summoned Secretary Law and asked him as to why the government had not extended tenure of the Accountability Court’s judge.
Secretary Law assured the court that tenure of the Judge would be extended soon.
Later, the Law ministry said in a statement that it has sent the IHC’s summary to Prime Minister Secretariat for final approval.
Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir – who is hearing corruption references against Sharif family and reference related to assets beyond known sources of income against former finance minister Ishaq Dar – was due to retire on March 12.

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